We belong to the time of namby pamby, squeamish, near end-of-time generation, which panics at the first sight of a scare. Covid-19 happens to be the first pandemic of truly interconnected world, a world ruled by whatsapp/tiktok/whatnot and "optics" (like that mass-murderer Modi enforcing "janata curfew" and promoting pot banging, while other leaders are busy doling trillion-dollar fiscal stimulus). I am being an 'Elon Musk' here to stick my neck out and say that the current hysteria is over-played/unfounded. This pandemic (although more contagious) is nowhere as indiscriminate as Ebola with 60% mortality rate (but that was a dark continent's problem) or any where close to being a mass annihilator as bubonic plague of yester years. Yes, precaution, alertness and hygiene maintenance is the need of the hour (just as it is for donning a seat belt or helmet). When did any of the 'obscurantist' ulemas advice against it anyway? But mass quarantine? It's easier for authorities to order indiscriminate lockdown (and prescribe the healthy and the vulnerable the same 'treatment') than to aggressively sift the infected from the non-infected. Play-safe, "prepare for the worst" etc. are new liberal age mantras (those in west can identify with 'health and safety' culture gone mad). Why bother rigorously testing all, when it is far easier (and cheaper and reputationally safer) to quarantine all and sundry? And how to force everyone into a submissive, self-supervised lockdown, other than to magnify the risk and trigger a hysteria? I don't buy the argument to shutdown masajids yet. I am personally inclined to believe that the rukhsah for missing jumuah jamaat doesn't yet exist.